SEAVIEW VILLAGE, ISLE OF WIGHT
Seaview, in the north east of the Isle of Wight, overlooks the spectacular Solent and is one of the most famous seaside villages in the country.
The village has an upscale and relaxed atmosphere, with excellent pubs, cafes & restaurants.
Being the most southerly part of the UK, the Isle of Wight is often sunnier than the rest of the country and Western Europe.
Seaview Holidays accommodation is perfectly positioned on the edge of the village, close to the seafront and the local beaches; nearby Priory Bay is a particularly special and secluded place.
The broad, sandy beaches of Appley and Ryde are also within easy walking distance boasting their own lovely cafes along the seafront.
SAILING AND SEAVIEW VILLAGE
Until mid-Victorian times, the village was a backwater, with Ryde and Cowes attracting the glitterati of the day as they followed the Queen and her courtiers as they took to the sea and established the Island as the premier yachting venue worldwide. A pier for promenading was built here, and a large hotel overlooked it. Whilst both these examples of Victorian confidence faded away, The Seaview Yacht Club, established in 1893, continues to thrive and put Seaview on the map.
The Club’s fleet includes the elegant Mermaids with their magical, colourful spinnakers, which race off the beaches on most days of the summer. You can also see Seaview One Design Dinghies, the biggest fleet of such wooden craft on the South Coast. Again, their sails are multi-coloured and a delight to see in the evening sun.
So famous has the club become, that Prince Philip attended their centenary and perhaps began the trend of celebrities visiting here to blend in quietly and enjoy their holiday!
THE HERSEY NATURE RESERVE
The Hersey Nature Reserve shares its embankments with Seaview Holidays, proving that it’s easy to mix countryside and seaside here in Seaview. You can watch a buzzard wheeling on a thermal over the lake and reed beds, then turn around and see hundreds of the biggest yachts in the world, running down past the No Man’s Land Fort in the Round the Island race or during Cowes Week.
Of course, our most famous residents are our red squirrels. The Isle of Wight remains one of the few places in the country you will still see these wonderful animals. If you keep an eye out, you can see them running about in the trees and wood!